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A Changemaking Vision for Local Government

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:22:40 GMT2017-09-13T13:22:40Z

At a time of intense financial pressures and when central government’s mind is on other things, many are asking themselves where local government goes next. In a think-piece launching NLGN’s new vision, Adam Lent and Jessica Studdert call for councils to embrace a bold ‘changemaking’ approach focused on the core values of creativity, collaboration and […]



Are we prepared for the looming tech revolution?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:15:02 GMT2017-09-13T13:15:02Z

Elysium is a big star sci-fi action movie from 2013, which even its director admitted was pretty mediocre. But in among the one-dimensional characters and gore-filled explosions there is one short scene that stands out. Sent to see his parole officer, the petty criminal played by Matt Damon is confronted by a decrepit ventriloquist’s dummy […]



Are we prepared for the looming tech revolution?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:15:02 GMT2017-09-13T13:15:02Z

Elysium is a big star sci-fi action movie from 2013, which even its director admitted was pretty mediocre. But in among the one-dimensional characters and gore-filled explosions there is one short scene that stands out. Sent to see his parole officer, the petty criminal played by Matt Damon is confronted by a decrepit ventriloquist’s dummy […]



Britons need to walk more – but their cities aren’t set up for it

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:08:16 GMT2017-09-06T11:08:16Z

An evidence review by Public Health England (PHE) hit the headlines last week, after the government agency found that a large chunk of middle aged adults are doing little to no exercise on a regular basis. According to PHE, 41 per cent of middle aged adults in England (defined as those aged 40-60) walk less […]



Britons need to walk more – but their cities aren’t set up for it

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:08:16 GMT2017-09-06T11:08:16Z

An evidence review by Public Health England (PHE) hit the headlines last week, after the government agency found that a large chunk of middle aged adults are doing little to no exercise on a regular basis. According to PHE, 41 per cent of middle aged adults in England (defined as those aged 40-60) walk less […]



Government must invest in early help as it does in infrastructure

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:04:13 GMT2017-09-06T09:04:13Z

The pressure on the chancellor to ease austerity is intensifying by the day, with increasingly noisy calls for a more doveish approach from within his own party. This nervousness seems to reflect a growing popular anxiety about the impact real-terms cuts of 20-30% have had on some basic services. The focus for this pressure has […]



Should local government be concerned about recent trend change in its reserves balance?

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:04:24 GMT2017-08-31T16:04:24Z

In 2013, Eric Pickles accused local government of ‘hypocrisy’ for ‘pleading poverty when they have trebled their cash reserves over the last decade’.1 But last week, DCLG released data on local authority spending and financing in England which reveals a rather different picture. The data release also reveals an interesting trend of increasing self-sufficiency in […]



Should local government be concerned about recent trend change in its reserves balance?

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:04:24 GMT2017-08-31T16:04:24Z

In 2013, Eric Pickles accused local government of ‘hypocrisy’ for ‘pleading poverty when they have trebled their cash reserves over the last decade’.1 But last week, DCLG released data on local authority spending and financing in England which reveals a rather different picture. The data release also reveals an interesting trend of increasing self-sufficiency in […]



The international series: Local government in France

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:12:30 GMT2017-08-18T11:12:30Z

French government is stereotypically synonymous with strong centralisation and hierarchical structure. This means a comparatively weaker role for local authorities, with France ranked as the 13th least decentralised in the OECD with regards to public spending, and even a slight mistrust of local government. The United Kingdom isn’t far behind, however, ranking as the OECD’s […]



The international series: Local government in France

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:12:30 GMT2017-08-18T11:12:30Z

French government is stereotypically synonymous with strong centralisation and hierarchical structure. This means a comparatively weaker role for local authorities, with France ranked as the 13th least decentralised in the OECD with regards to public spending, and even a slight mistrust of local government. The United Kingdom isn’t far behind, however, ranking as the OECD’s […]



Thinking outside the box for the workforce of tomorrow

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:57:58 GMT2017-08-14T12:57:58Z

Claire Mansfield, head of research at the New Local Government Network (NLGN), Lucy Terry, senior researcher at the organisation, Barry Pirie, a former PPMA president, and current PPMA president Caroline Nugent, discuss the findings of the recent ‘Outside the Box: The Council Workforce of Tomorrow’ report. The workforce is the lifeblood of any organisation, and […]



Thinking outside the box for the workforce of tomorrow

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:57:58 GMT2017-08-14T12:57:58Z

Claire Mansfield, head of research at the New Local Government Network (NLGN), Lucy Terry, senior researcher at the organisation, Barry Pirie, a former PPMA president, and current PPMA president Caroline Nugent, discuss the findings of the recent ‘Outside the Box: The Council Workforce of Tomorrow’ report. The workforce is the lifeblood of any organisation, and […]



The Sutton Plan: back to Total Place – and beyond

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:25:02 GMT2017-08-11T10:25:02Z

Do you remember the heady days of 2009? Back to one year PA (pre-Austerity), when Total Place pilots were busy mapping total spend across their areas, part of a Treasury mandated national efficiency programme led by Lord Bichard? Happy days! In an attempt to recapture the mood before we had had to take nearly £100m […]



The Sutton Plan: back to Total Place – and beyond

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:25:02 GMT2017-08-11T10:25:02Z

Do you remember the heady days of 2009? Back to one year PA (pre-Austerity), when Total Place pilots were busy mapping total spend across their areas, part of a Treasury mandated national efficiency programme led by Lord Bichard? Happy days! In an attempt to recapture the mood before we had had to take nearly £100m […]



International ideas made local

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:01:14 GMT2017-08-09T11:01:14Z

OECD’s recent ‘Government at a Glance’, published last month, presented an insightful array of data on and challenges for governments across the world. Most notably, the report declared a record low for citizen trust in central government. British citizens’ faith in their government sank to 41 per cent. This evaporation of trust internationally has also […]



International ideas made local

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:01:14 GMT2017-08-09T11:01:14Z

OECD’s recent ‘Government at a Glance’, published last month, presented an insightful array of data on and challenges for governments across the world. Most notably, the report declared a record low for citizen trust in central government. British citizens’ faith in their government sank to 41 per cent. This evaporation of trust internationally has also […]



ELIMINATING HEPATITIS C: A MOVE TOWARDS PLACE-BASED HEALTH DELIVERY IN THE UK

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:00:24 GMT2017-07-28T07:00:24Z

In the UK, we’ve been talking for some time now about place-based ‘systems of care’. These are born out of collaboration with other NHS organisations and services to address challenges and improve the health of the populations we serve. At The Hepatitis C Trust, we’ve been making this happen by collaborating with patients and trusted […]



ELIMINATING HEPATITIS C: A MOVE TOWARDS PLACE-BASED HEALTH DELIVERY IN THE UK

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:00:24 GMT2017-07-28T07:00:24Z

In the UK, we’ve been talking for some time now about place-based ‘systems of care’. These are born out of collaboration with other NHS organisations and services to address challenges and improve the health of the populations we serve. At The Hepatitis C Trust, we’ve been making this happen by collaborating with patients and trusted […]



Commercialisation: Minimising the risks and maximising the returns

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:00:19 GMT2017-07-26T07:00:19Z

Every now and then a zeitgeist-y term comes along that everyone in local government tasked with planning for the future either knows about, or knows they should know about. ‘Commercialisation’ is one of those buzzwords du jour. In the context of not just funding cuts, but increasingly also outright obfuscation from central government, councils are […]



Commercialisation: Minimising the risks and maximising the returns

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:00:19 GMT2017-07-26T07:00:19Z

Every now and then a zeitgeist-y term comes along that everyone in local government tasked with planning for the future either knows about, or knows they should know about. ‘Commercialisation’ is one of those buzzwords du jour. In the context of not just funding cuts, but increasingly also outright obfuscation from central government, councils are […]